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Forget The Greatest Showman – Crawley school introduce “The Greatest Teachers”

St Wilfrid’s are back with another fantastic recreation… watch out Hugh Jackman!

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Over the past few years, students and teachers at St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in Crawley have recreated moments from popular productions and uploaded them onto YouTube.

Performances like Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and recreating scenes from Love Actually have contributed to give the school over 206,000 views on its YouTube channel.

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The school is renowned for the quality of the productions; their latest will be no different.

This Summer, St Wilfrid’s staff have come together to do a small recreation of The Greatest Showman.

Marketing Executive Sarah Gildea said:

“This year there were over 60 members of staff involved and it has been by far our most ambitious attempt at a film yet.”

The film was directed by Media Technician Josh Smith and Digital Marketing Apprentice Demi Broadhead, while Megan Kennedy and Jo Lintern-Goodall did the choreography.

Josh Smith, who came up with the master plan and organised the rehearsals and filming, said:

“We took a great risk this year with choosing such a popular and iconic film as we constantly try to surpass our own expectations on what we can achieve in such a tight amount of time and with limited resources.

“The whole thing was shot on a single camera and painstakingly edited to match the film’s original camera movement.

“Our new member of the team, Demi Broadhead, has been a great addition and has ensured that everything was planned and went ahead on schedule for filming sessions and that Megan and Jo were briefed on which bits they were choreographing.

“It has been the most challenging project in 7 years but the end result and the students reaction today as been well worth the blood, sweat and tears!”

The new production comes after the success of previous videos. Fan favourites include the school’s incredibly well-organised flashmob and the hilarious “St Wilfrid’s Actually”.

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Crawley school becomes first in town to win gold award

The school achieved the bronze award in 2015, the silver in 2016 and has now been awarded gold.

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The School Mark award helps pave the way for schools to grow a culture of active travel by encouraging pupils to cycle, walk and scoot.

An awards assembly was held on 17 October at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary to celebrate the first school in Crawley to achieve the Sustrans Gold School Mark award, an initiative of Crawley Borough Council and Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle.

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In attendance was the Mayor of Crawley, two local councillors and Sustrans staff.

The school has achieved the bronze award in 2015 and the silver in 2016. This fantastic achievement was made possible through the commitment of the school head teacher, Mr Melia, and the school Bike It champion, Mrs De Lange.

Working together with a dedicated Sustrans Bike It officer the school has gathered a wealth of evidence that is required to achieve this challenging award. This includes showing that, since working with Sustrans in 2011, the percentage of pupils arriving at school by car has dropped by nine per cent. Those arriving to school by cycling, walking or scooting has risen by six per cent. This is impressive considering over a third of the school come from outside the catchment area.

Work towards the award is structured so that children are empowered to make the decision to cycle, scoot or walk to school and enjoy the benefits associated with it. This includes a variety of educational and fun events such as monthly Bike It Breakfasts, bike skills workshops as well as a genuine commitment from the school to promoting cycling, scooting and walking both within the school policy and the wider community.

Celebrations continued after the awards assembly with a delivery officer Bike It Pat conducting a Dr Bike safety inspection of bikes at school and a static bike challenge where 3.3 miles were sprinted out by a group of year 6 children during break time. A year 6 boy achieved the fastest speed of 32 mph and won himself a bike computer.

The school has further planned a BMX fun day and also a bicycle decoration day highlighting the importance of High Visibility in conjunction with Diwali and Fireworks.

Mayor Carlos Castro said:“There is clearly a desire from people in the local community who want to choose to walk and cycle more and programmes like this one which encourage families to travel more actively can really help.”

Cllr Geraint Thomas, said: “The School Mark program is an exciting initiative to help improve the environment outside of schools as well as encouraging families to walk, cycle or scoot to school. Initiatives like this benefit the community as a whole.”

Cllr Peter Smith said: “It’s encouraging that there was such a positive response from everyone at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary. They have worked hard but had a lot of fun too and this award is well deserved.”

The School Mark is the Sustrans active travel award awarded by Sustrans guiding schools to excellence to active travel.

The Bike It Programme is delivered by Sustrans and is funded through the Crawley Borough Council. The programme has been delivered in Crawley since 2011 and has currently working with 17 schools across the borough.

More info on the Sustrans Bike It programme can be found here.

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